We just returned from a short stay on the Manatee Explorer. I had originally booked it because it was a recommended 50 Best Vacations for 2010 by the National Geographic. I really trust the National Geographic so I assumed all would be well. I was right. It was a well-run operation from the panga driver to the guides and manager. Manager Fausto runs a tight ship. The steward/barman was most attentive to the 4 passengers...that's right, there were only 4 of us so we had a virtual private tour. The staff outnumbered us but treated us extremely well. I have a feeling even if it is fully booked, their attitude would still be to make certain their passengers had a good experience.
Raoul, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable about that various flora and fauna of the jungle. It was a real treat to have our very first safari into the jungle included about an hour-long hike after dark where Roaul found numerous moths, granshoppers, centipedes, and a myriad of strange insects.
I would highly recommend the restful Manatee Explorer. You have the opportunity to view all that the Napo River has to offer instead of only those areas near land-based lodges. From the howler monkeys to the fairy-tale lightning bugs, the trip is a gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Although expedition cruising by its very nature is characterized as adventurous, the safety of our staff and passengers is of paramount importance to us. The Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew. The canoes used for daily shore landings are rugged and versatile and are operated responsibly by experienced personnel. Onboard you will be fully briefed on all pertinent safety issues and concerns, as well as our environmental policy; passengers also receive appropriate and detailed briefings before each landing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manatee Amazon Explorer Hotel Yasuni National Park
- Manatee Amazon Explorer Ecuador/Yasuni National Park